Magazine article The American Prospect

Keeper of the Secrets. (Devil in the Details)

Magazine article The American Prospect

Keeper of the Secrets. (Devil in the Details)

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HERE AT THE PROSPECT, WE take a rather nuanced view of Henry Kissinger's appointment to head the commission that will investigate the government's failure to predict and prevent the attacks of September 11. Kissinger is far from being the least suitable person to lead this investigation. Aldrich Ames, say, or Robert Hanssen, who both sold secrets to the Soviets and are currently doing life, would have been far worse.

But when it comes to covering up the government's dirty secrets, we must admit, Kissinger is in a class by himself. When he held power, Kissinger's m.o. was to commit mega-mischief by stealth. Reviewing just the high points of Henry the K's cloak-and-dagger history:

* While serving on Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign, Kissinger quietly urged the South Vietnamese government to stonewall negotiations at the 1968 Paris Peace talks they were conducting with the Communist North lest a settlement come forth that would have undermined Nixon's chances. * While he was serving as Nixon's national security adviser, there was that secret war in Cambodia, about which Congress and the public learned only after the fact. …

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